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Do You Love Ginger in Your Food?
Fresh ginger has grown more popular as an ingredient in Asian cuisine in the United States. Most houses only had powdered ginger in the spice cupboard, but fresh ginger is now commonly available in the produce section of our stores. Fresh ginger is used in Asian-inspired marinades and sauces, but the juice produced by the grating is equally wonderful in these recipes.
Fresh ginger is a popular marinade ingredient because it contains enzymes that help tenderize meat by breaking down its proteins. Some marinade recipes call for grated or chopped ginger, while others call for freshly squeezed ginger juice. In addition to marinades, ginger juice is used to flavor sauces. And you may simply make your own if you have fresh ginger on hand.
How to Make Ginger Juice
Ginger Juice Preparation
To make ginger juice, all you need is fresh ginger, a peeler, a grater, and a cheesecloth (if you prefer). Begin by peeling and grating several pieces of ginger. With your hands, squeeze the ginger nectar from the shredded pieces into a small basin. If you find this unpleasant or messy, wrap the gratings in a cheesecloth first and then strain the mixture through it. In any event, squeezing off enough juice should be straightforward as long as the ginger is fresh.
Ingredients For The Recipe
- 4 oz. freshly grated ginger root (about 1 cup chopped peeled ginger)
- 14-16 mint leaves, fresh
- 6–7 cups water (adjust to desired strength, with more or less)
- 2 large lemons, juiced
- 1 pound pure white sugar
Instructions to Follow
- Using a knife or spoon, remove the skin of the ginger.
- In a small bowl, pound the mint using a pestle ( I used a wooden lemon juicer). Set aside.
- Then, chop the ginger into rough chunks small enough to puree or process in a blender or food processor. A Microplane or the tiny edge of a grater is another alternative. If grating the ginger with a grater, do not slice it into bits.
- Bring around 7 cups of water to a boil. Utilize a kettle or a pot.
- While the water warms, place the ginger in a blender and cover with 1 cup of water. Process until the ginger is thick and pasty.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ginger paste, mints, and hot water.
- Sieve the ginger through a cheesecloth over a large basin or cup, then squeeze out the juice and let it drop into the bowl. Remove any remaining paste.
- Stir in the lemon juice and sugar until the sugar dissolves, then garnish with mint leaves and serve.
- Serve with ice if desired. Some people want their meals to be hot.
Ginger Juice’s Health Advantages
Relief from colds and congestion. Aaah. Every parent I knew in Cameroon was aware of ginger’s sought-after potential as a cold remedy. To cure colds and sore throats, ginger juice is served warm and drunk at least 2-3 times each day.
Improves digestion. In contrast to sodas, which promote bloating, ginger juice aids digestion. It stimulates the production of saliva, which helps to moisten our food intake, allowing it to be broken down more efficiently.
Pain reliever You may have heard this one before. Ginger juice has long been used for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Have you got a toothache? Place a little slice of ginger between your cheek and tooth and allow the body’s natural fluids to handle the rest. As a back pain therapy, you may even massage your skin with a mixture of ginger juice and olive oil.
High blood pressure is under control. Many health journals and specialists believe that a chemical constituent in ginger helps decrease blood pressure. It also helps to lower harmful cholesterol levels in the body, which contributes to heart disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: Can we use ginger water as a detox?
Ans: Detox water’s job is to slowly rid your body of toxins over time. Many people use ginger water with lemon as a detox. There is only anecdotal evidence to support this use.
Since ginger may fight germs, illness, inflammation, and cancer-causing molecules, taking a little bit every day can support your overall health. Ginger is a natural root, so drinking it will also give you added nutrients.
Q2:Is drinking Ginger Juice good for us?
Ans: Ginger root has been known for its various health benefits dating back thousands of years ago. The spicy pungent zingy ginger juice that we have today packs a lot of benefits that would perhaps convince you to drink it more often even during cold days.
Q3: Is it necessary to peel ginger before making a juice?
Ans: Yes, you need to. Although its skin is edible and not necessarily harmful, ginger skins tend to taste bitter over time which could heavily affect our homemade juice.
Q4:How long does Ginger Juice last?
Ans: You can store this homemade juice in a glass bottle or pitcher in the fridge for about a week. And sometimes, I pour them into the ice cube tray and freeze. Oooh, you’ve got to try this method!
This ice cube juice is perfect for smoothies, drinking water, cocktails, and cold tea! I’ve also tried adding them on salad dressings and they work fine. You’ll be surprised by all the possibilities!
Q5: Can we add honey instead of sugar?
Ans: Yes, honey can also be added as it gives a sweet natural aroma. Also, it is suggested to drink it warm in winters. Ginger has a warm flavor which can be described as aromatic, spicy, woody, earthy, or peppery, all depending on your preferences at the end.
To Wrap it All Up
Fresh ginger should be stored unpeeled in the vegetable crisper section of the refrigerator for up to 1 week in a paper bag and 3 to 4 weeks in a plastic bag. Of course, if you only eat ginger on rare occasions, freezing it ahead of time is the best option. When properly wrapped in a plastic bag and frozen, ginger may be kept for months.